And now all the rumbling begins.
Dissension. Strife in the locker room. The coach throwing players under the bus. Players throwing other players under the bus.
It's getting ugly.
Unfortunately, it ain't gonna get better. And there's a huge reason for that.
His name is DeMarcus Cousins.
Yes, the incredibly talented center is putting up All-Star numbers. He's become a dominant force in the NBA.
But he is not a leader. And he's an intense, still immature, force of nature who doesn't suffer fools. Or anyone else, for that matter, not named DeMarcus. Sometimes it's hard to grow up, hard to learn how to be diplomatic and understand how people view you. It took me 40 years.
With Cousins, you get the feeling his teammates are not that happy to suit up at his side.
On a veteran team, Cousins might be fine. On a young team, he's a problem.
The Kings' brass, for some reason, think they are just a couple of players away from competing for a playoff spot. Why else bring in Rudy Gay and his ridiculously large contract? Or take a flyer on Derrick Williams, who will be owed $6 million next season?
The Kings are miles away from being a good team. Mostly, because they are a team of players with a miserable attitude about each other. And that won't change until Cousins undergoes some serious soul searching or is dealt. If it was my team, I'd vote the latter.
Yes, I know, you can't trade a talent of that magnitude. He's supposedly "untouchable." He's gonna be a force and a beast and a superstar.
Maybe so. But I doubt it happens here. There's a better chance he gets suspended for giving a teammate an atomic wedgie.